This month is shaping up to be the coldest December for 100 years (according the weatherman on the news this morning). Yesterday there was quite a heavy, but thankfully brief, snow shower about lunchtime, and today there was another heavy shower in the morning. There hasn’t been quite as much snow as there was a couple of weeks ago, only about an inch in total, but just enough to mess up our plans for the day.
Instead of a day out in London “enjoying” the festivities in the run-up to Christmas, we had to make do with a short walk in the snow. To be honest the landscape wasn’t looking quite as pretty as I hoped (the snow had started melting), but I did take a few photos to share with you.
Looking south to Truleigh Hill from north of Henfield, West Sussex
The River Adur north of Henfield, West Sussex
Henfield Cemetery looking towards St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church, Henfield, West Sussex
I think this picture pretty much sums up our weather these past few days. Like most of the UK we have experience a pretty sharp cold spell. This photo was taken around lunchtime today when the temperature almost (but not quite) made it above freezing.
I wrote on Tuesday that we had seen our first dusting of snow this winter, well the following morning there was more than a dusting, about an inch and a half. Much to my surprise the local bus service was still running and I made it to the local railway station, only to find there were no trains going my way. After two and a half hours I made my way back home defeated.
Thursday morning I woke up to about a foot of snow and I knew I wouldn’t be going anywhere. There was supposed to be a bus service running but no trains, so no work for me again. Today was much the same, most of the snow was still with us but the temperature had taken it upon itself to drop to -6°c. Although there buses and trains were starting to get back to normal, still no work for me.
Every year this happens, we get a cold spell and some snow and everything stops working for a few days. Some people point to other countries who live with snow all year and complain that we can’t cope with a few days of snow, but I think it happens so infrequently that we should just accept the fact that we are going to get caught out every so often.
I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but I record the weather (temperature and rainfall) and have done for the past twenty or so years, on a very amateur basis, so looking at my records I can see that although we don’t usually have snow this early into the winter, it is not unusally for the temperature to drop to -6°c.
The weekend is set to warm up and we are forecast to have rain and not snow, so after a brief hiccup our weather will be getting back to normal.
To celebrate the fact that this morning I woke up to the first snowfall of the winter (it was only a light dusting, but snow nevertheless), here is a postcard from my collection which consists of twenty-one different views of a snow-covered Brighton, Sussex.
What is most interesting about this postcard is that it is made up of lots of individual postcards. If you click on the image and look closely at the enlarged image you will see each picture has a caption just like a postcard. The postcard on far-right of the second row is of Preston Park and I have a full size version of the postcard in my collection.
I have similar multi-view postcards in my collection where you can actually see the pins that were used to hold the cards in place while the photographer took another photo of the montage of postcards.
I don’t know who the photographer/publisher was, but the postcard of Preston Park gives a clue to the date, it has an extra caption giving the date of the 24th April 1908. I don’t know whether this relates to the date of the snowfall or when the photo was taken, the snow could have lingered for some time. I will have to check the local newspapers to see exactly when the snowfall took place and what the effect of the snowfall was on the residents of Brighton.
I’m not trying to start a new blogging meme, just recording the fact that for what I believe is the first time in my life I have been shovelling snow today.
I don’t remember ever having to shovel snow before. I think mainly because when I was living with parents we were so far away from the main road it would have been an impossible task.
Of course it is very rare that we have more than an inch of snow here in Sussex, and it is nearly always gone within a couple of days anyway.
Today we awoke to find the snow was finally beginning to melt, and things are beginning to get back to normal, so I cleared a path to the main road so my wife can get her car out tomorrow.
The weather forecast looks better and temperatures are starting to rise, so I doubt the snow will be with us much longer now, although there are still some large chunks of ice about which may take a while to disappear.
Sussex is still covered in a blanket of snow, and no buses are running meaning I am still stranded. Fortunately job seeking these days appears to be almost completely done online, at least in the early stages, so it is not as bad as it could have been.
I did get chance to go out for a walk this afternoon with my brother, just a short walk around the fields, with our cameras. As there is still so much snow it was quite tricky going at times, especially as I wasn’t really geared up for walking in the snow.